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Recommendations for all-round over-ear headphones ($200-$350)

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Hello, Head-Fi community.

 

What started out as a simple quest to eliminate the very noticeable noise and interference my inexpensive gaming headset (Steelseries Siberia V2) was receiving when connected to my computer's jack by looking into external usb DACs, grew into a desire to acquire a proper pair of headphones.

 

Would like to use for:

* Music (mostly electronic music such as The Glitch Mob, Pretty Lights, AWOLNATION, Major Lazer, etc., but also rock, metal and punk)

* Movies

* Gaming (of least importance, as I have a headset for that)

 

Won't use for:

* Music creation

* Travel

* Noise cancellation

 

Requirements:

* Must fit large heads and be comfortable for extended use, without being loose and unwieldy.

* Circumaural/over-ear.

* No shrill or hissing treble

* No muddy bass.

* Preferably closed back, but not a must.
 

Since I started out looking at USB powered DACs, I'm in the (perhaps) unusual position of already being quite certain that I'll be purchasing an Audioquest Dragonfly DAC 1.2. This runs at just 2V RMS and can deliver 125mW at 32 ohms. So preferably your recommendations should be servicable by this tiny amp (though I don't listen to music incredibly loudly, I wouldn't want to be limited by it either).

 

I've mostly been looking at Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic and Sennheiser offerings, but I find them hard to compare, with so many parameters.

 

As the title states I'll be willing to pay up to ~$350* for a good pair of headphones. So I'd love to hear what you guys have to say. :-)

 

*) Not technically correct. I live in Denmark (higher taxes and prices) but I've looked up the US prices of headphones that are "in my range" in Danish stores and so the figure listed here takes that into account.


Edited by bnightm - 2/18/14 at 8:34am
post #2 of 5

By "all around headphones" most people mean they make every genre sound good, that doesn't sound like it's what your looking for, but instead you want something that will work well for music, movies, and gaming.  

 

I assume you want a warmer sounding headphone because of the bass heavy music you listen to. I would recommend the HD600 (I use them for music, movies, and gaming as well)  but they won't really shine out of that tiny dragonfly.  Honestly you'd be better off spending a large portion of your budget on an amp (Fiio E9 or O2 will make them sound a whole lot better for the cost)  32 or 70 ohm version of the DT770s would aslo do the job.

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I feel weird pimping the DT770 Pro 80, but yeah. That's what I'd suggest here as well. That music is bass heavy, but not ULTRA bass heavy, so you won't lose out by not having TEH MOST BASSY headphones, meanwhile they're a lot more comfortable and sound beautiful overall.

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Originally Posted by linglingjr View Post
 

I assume you want a warmer sounding headphone because of the bass heavy music you listen to. I would recommend the HD600 (I use them for music, movies, and gaming as well)  but they won't really shine out of that tiny dragonfly.  Honestly you'd be better off spending a large portion of your budget on an amp (Fiio E9 or O2 will make them sound a whole lot better for the cost)  32 or 70 ohm version of the DT770s would aslo do the job.

 

First up, thanks for replying! It seems the Sennheiser HD 600 headphones that you recommend are open-backed (not a deal breaker) and cost around $400. A bit more than I'd be looking to spend. Also, I see reviews listing its clamp force as a negative. While I haven't tried them out in real life, this would probably be an issue for me.

 

As for the amp+dac solutions you propose. There doesn't seem to be any retailers of the o2+odac bundle around these parts, and JDS Labs implementation of it would set me back $300 with shipping. That's assuming they don't get caught in customs adding another 25% VAT (ouch).

 

By FiiO E9 are you referring to the FiiO E09K Qogir? If so, that at least would be slightly cheaper than the Audioquest Dragonfly DAC 1.2 and would provide greater output power. I don't understand the dock aspect to the product. Does it not work as a DAC (via USB from PC) + AMP without either the E07 or E17 in the dock?

 

Edit: E09 is amp only. Would need E07/E17 for dac, making the total assembly 50%-100% more expensive than the AQ-DF or HRT Microstreamer. Hmmm. Maybe I should wait for Light Harmonic's Geek Out AMP/DAC to be reviewed?

 

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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post
 

I feel weird pimping the DT770 Pro 80, but yeah. That's what I'd suggest here as well. That music is bass heavy, but not ULTRA bass heavy, so you won't lose out by not having TEH MOST BASSY headphones, meanwhile they're a lot more comfortable and sound beautiful overall.

 

That's two mentions of the DT 770's in as many posts. They're in my price range AND they got a closed back. Duly noted! Not sure what to think about you feeling weird about suggesting them, though. :)


Edited by bnightm - 2/18/14 at 12:40pm
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Originally Posted by bnightm View Post

 

That's two mentions of the DT 770's in as many posts. They're in my price range AND they got a closed back. Duly noted! Not sure what to think about you feeling weird about suggesting them, though. :)

LOL, because I have a pair but never use them, mainly. And despite that, I seem to recommend them more than the headphones I *DO* use. 

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